The CCA Difference
WHAT MAKES A “CHRISTIAN SCHOOL” CHRISTIAN?
Mr. Jason Lawrenz Upper School of Logic & Rhetoric Faculty
THE VALUE OF STUDYING RHETORIC
Mr. Alex Miller Upper School of Logic & Rhetoric Faculty
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOGIC
Mr. Andrew Hoover Upper School of Logic & Rhetoric Faculty
Mrs. Elspeth Currie Upper School of Logic & Rhetoric Faculty
What is Christian Education?
As a Christian school, Covenant provides students with rigorous instruction in every academic discipline from a perspective that includes the reality of God, the importance of Christian faith, and the value of a supportive community. Students learn to see the power and beauty of God in the world around them and study the special revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Students at every level receive instruction in Bible and participate in weekly chapels aimed at helping students understand what it means to know God personally and by faith. Finally, each student is a valued member of the school community and is recognized as an individual with God-given gifts and talents just waiting to be nurtured and fully expressed.
What is Classical Education?
What does “Classical” mean? Contrary to what it might sound like, “Classical” does not mean old-fashioned, elitist or boring. The name refers to the Classical period in history when people like Aristotle and Socrates shaped an educational model with the loftiest of goals: human flourishing. Most Christian parents worry about how to give their children an excellent education that also nurtures their faith. At Covenant, we use a Classical educational model to prepare students to succeed in college and beyond, with a strong foundation of faith.
Classical education is a distinctive educational philosophy that is experiencing a resurgence in America and throughout the world. While the growth of classical schools is relatively recent, the powerful ideas behind it are rooted in ancient Greece, the birthplace of education. The essential advantage of classical education is its comprehensive instruction in both the ideas and the ideals that have shaped Western civilization.
Classical schools provide students with rigorous instruction in all the academic disciplines while also holding before them essential character virtues such as goodness, honor, and justice. This stands in increasingly stark contrast to modern educational trends, which have moved away from challenging students to master this rich content and have gone intentionally silent on issues of virtue, truth, and character. In short, classical schooling is education with a soul that graduates students who are prepared to read widely, think deeply, act nobly, write clearly and speak well.
Interested in learning more about Classical Education? The following article is a great place to start: An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents by Christopher A. Perrin.